La Escalera
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Our Greatest Meal
My wife and I are not inexperienced travelers. In fact, we have been to over 60 countries, almost all through individual travel. We are foodies and always try and search out great and memorable places for meals. We have been to Spain several times, and have always enjoyed the cuisine. But, in 2010 we experienced, perhaps, the greatest meal ever. Benahavis is a small town in the hills above Puerto Banus, along the Costa del Sol. Besides being a drop-dead beautiful village, it is famous for it's multitude of restaurants. It is said that Benahavis has more restaurants per square mile than any city in Spain. We ventured up to Benahavis on a Sunday for a late lunch. We walked around, enjoying the white washed buildings, red tile roofs, and splashes of color from the stonework and beautiful flower arrangements. When we came to La Escalera, we knew that this looked like the spot. We climbed the stairs, were met by the owner, and placed at a window table with a lovely view. From that point on, we concentrated on the food, which was glorious, including an amazing gazpacho, roast leg of baby lamb, pork "grandmother's style, and an equally wonderful dish of fruit with wine. We sipped on a couple bottles of Spanish rose, and left with a signed copy of the menu. As we reflect back we both agree, this was probably the best meal we've every had.
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